Three Mets players we cannot trust heading into the 2020 season
By Tim Boyle
Speaking of injuries and excuses, we conclude with the least trustworthy Mets player on the roster, Jed Lowrie. Last spring, Lowrie famously suffered a lower-body injury. It seemed minimal at the time. However, the diagnosis quickly became worse and suddenly the whole year went by.
Lowrie did manage to get a handful of pinch-hit at-bats for the Mets in September. He didn’t pick up a hit in any of them nor did he play a single inning in the field. What can we possibly expect from him in 2020?
Lowrie could potentially go down as one of the biggest busts in Mets history if we’re strictly talking about contributions. While guys like Jason Bay were paid extreme amounts and underperformed, at least they got on the field. Lowrie hasn’t been able to do this.
It’s difficult to even know what we can predict from the veteran infielder in 2020. He was a non-factor last year aside from the punchline to self-deprecating jokes told by Mets fans.
When Brodie Van Wagenen initially brought Lowrie to Flushing, it looked like a good yet unnecessary depth move. The team had plenty of options. Fortunately, things did work out. Jeff McNeil still got to play plenty and injuries eventually cost other Mets some time on the field.
This year, Lowrie may be even less important for this team’s fortunes. With little room for regular appearances in the starting lineup for him, it’s no surprise to hear rumors this winter about the Mets shopping him. Nobody ever did bite, leaving us with an unknown coming into this new season.
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